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The Department of Sociology and Work Science has approximately 120 employees, including teachers, researchers, PhD-students and administrative staff. The Department carries out research, teaching socialte outreach work in a number of areas. Key research areas include the labour market, working life, social deviance, digitalization, emotions, gender, migration, environmental issues, social movements, governance and organization as well as science and technology studies. Courses are offered fields as sociology, work science, human resource management, criminology and social psychology. The Department also contributes extensively to educational programmes at the University, particularly in teacher education. Furthermore the Department collaborates with various partners in the private and public sector, for example through the Centre for Global Human Resource Management (CGHRM).

Subject area

Work Science

Subject area description

Work science is an interdisciplinary subject that seeks to understand and explain different features of and conditions in working life, as well as the importance of work in people's lives. At the Department of Sociology and Work Science in Gothenburg, the main focus is on social science approaches. This means that sociology of work, occupational psychology and occupational health science are the most prominent approaches followed by other work science perspectives, such as history, ergonomics, technology and occupational medicine. Key research and teaching areas include the work environment and work organization, the structure and transformation of the labour market, human resource management and labour relations, conflicts in working life, leadership and organization, and the relationship between work, life and identity.

Job assignments

The tasks are focused on teaching and research in the area of work science. The job involves teaching in undergraduate education (first and second cycle), supervision of undergraduate and graduate dissertations, participation in subject and courses development as well as pedagogical development work, development of personal skills and research, collaboration and communication with the surrounding society, as well as teaching administration and additional administrative tasks.

Teaching will be conducted in both Swedish and English. Swedish is an essential requirement for this position as most of the teaching within the subject is in Swedish.

The main part of the teaching will be at the undergraduate and graduate level, but teaching at the doctoral level may occur. As externally funded research is an important prerequisite for the department's and individual teachers' research activities, lecturers are expected to actively apply for external funding as part of their job.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance as well as the University of Gothenburg's employment procedure and its local application at the Faculty of Social Sciences (please e-mail human resource officer to obtain this document).

In order to be considered eligible for the position of senior lecturer in work science, the applicant should have completed a doctoral degree in work science or a related subject or hold an equivalent scientific competence, should have undergone higher education pedagogical training or haves experience that can be considered equivalent and should demonstrate pedagogical skills.

The ability to teach in Swedish and English is a requirement.

Applicants who do not meet the requirement regarding higher education pedagogical training may initially be offered fixed-term employment (1 + 1 year) until the eligibility requirement has been met. Thereafter, the fixed-term employment is transferred to a permanent employment.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance as well as the University of Gothenburg's employment procedure and its local application at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Equal weight is given to pedagogical and scholarly proficiency.

The assessment of pedagogical proficiency will focus on planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching activities, as well as supervision, examination, course development and course coordinator responsibilities in areas relevant to the employment. Experience in teaching and research in the area of work enviroment will be considered a merit.

Experience and proficiency in teaching in the subject must be well documented. Any authoring of teaching material/books will be considered a merit.

The assessment of scholarly proficiency will particularly focus on the applicant's research in recent years, as well as their ability to independently, and in collaboration with others, initiate and conduct research in relevant areas for this position. Publications in international peer-review journals and other high quality publications will be considered a merit, as will a record of external research funding.

Administrative skills will also be given weight in the assessment process, as will the ability to cooperate with the surrounding society and to effectively provide information about research and development work. The applicant's ability to collaborate with others will also be considered.


This is a permanent position (100% of full-time) at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. Probationary employment may be applicable. First day of employment will be established by agreement.

Appointment procedure

Applications will first be read by external experts who select a shortlist of applicants. Thereafter references, interviews, trial lectures and workshops may be part of the selection process.

For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact Vice Head of Department Oskar Engdahl,
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Human Resource Officer Anna Karin Wiberg,, +46 31 786 4761


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter stating your reason for applying to this position
  • CV, including a full list of publications
  • A research plan
  • A list of scientific publications invoked (no more than five scientific texts)
  • A statement on pedagogical qualifications, including a list of invoked pedagogical publication (no more than five texts)
  • A statement on merits in management, administration and collaboration
  • Diplomas and certificates

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: Dept of Sociology and Work Science, Anna Karin Wiberg, Box 720, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Don't forget to mark your mail with the reference number PAR 2021/123.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: May 24, 2021


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